The battle of perception: Life in America
Yesterday in Georgia, a man convicted in court of murdering an off-duty Atlanta police officer in 1989 was put to death according to his sentence. Across the nation, people defiantly rose up with twitter hashtags and gatherings opposed to his execution.
Anti-capital punishment groups went nuts over this case, screaming from the rooftops about how this innocent man would be murdered by the state of Georgia. Certainly, there were doubts raised each time his execution date loomed close. This is the case with many, if not all, capital punishment cases. However, this article in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (HT Simmons) details the voice of the other side; the prosecution.
For all of the discussion about this case, the “pro-life” supporters would rather defend a convicted felon rather than defend the lives of unborn children. This insanity will never cease to amaze me. When anti-abortion groups publicly (and vocally) oppose legislation making or keeping abortion legal, a practice encouraging the ending of innocent life, they are derided in the mainstream for not supporting women’s rights to choose, all the while ending the lives of women through abortion.
The groups that shouted most loudly were heard yesterday. The Pro-Life movement needed to take a stand itself, remind the nation that while 46 people were executed in America in 2010, more than 1,200,000 abortions were performed in 2008 on US soil. We have a serious deficiency when it comes to defending life in one instance, where the life in ‘jeopardy’ can defend itself, versus the other, where an unborn child can cannot defend itself.
So, while the perception is that all the US does is execute criminals, the reality is we are far more likely to allow the state-sanctioned murder of unborn children. Considerably more likely. So, while Troy Davis’ execution is tragic for anyone opposed to capital punishment, the murders of 1,200,000 million children in a single year should drive them to the edge of sanity.
But it doesn’t.